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Old 02-27-2008, 10:02 AM
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How NOT to hold a revolver!



A St. Louis, Missouri guy on my AR-15 forum had a bad accident with his S&W 460XVR Magnum yesterday. He was shooting with a two handed hold and got his left thumb up near the lower front of the cylinder. The normal (powerful) gasses blowing out at the barrel/cylinder gap ripped the top of his left thumb off. I've added some of his posts & some pics.



How NOT to hold a revolver!

S&W 460XVR Magnum

460XVR blew my thumb off today!

No joke, about 1/2 of my left thumb is gone ... what's left is a friggin mess.

It's pretty hard to type, and I'm only posting because you never know, it might save somebody else a thumb. I was using a 2-handed grip, fired off a Cor-Bon DPX .460 and the blast came violently out the side of the gun.

At first my thumb was so covered in blood that I couldn't see how bad it was ... and I was full of adrenaline and felt no pain. And honestly it looked really bad, my whole hand was covered in blood and it was kinda gushing.

The blown-off thumb was on my support hand. I'll re-create the grip tomorrow to see where my thumb was, but it's not like I didn't already know not to get any body part near the cylinder gap. And even if I totally screwed up and did, taking my thumb clean off seems a bit excessive?

Just be careful with those 460's. That case operates at such high pressure, it's just asking for trouble.

BTW, I bought my 460 new and had exactly 12 rounds through it. Info about the gun, it's a full-size 460 with the 8 3/4' barrel and factory installed compensator. It's one of the Whitetails Unlimited models. Ammo was 200gr Cor-Bon DPX.

The gun only had 12 or 13 rounds of the Cor-Bon through it, and 10 .45 Long Colt rounds through it. So it was essentially still brand new.

I saw a hand specialist while there today. Lots of ways to try and save what's left, but first I just have to hope it doesn't get infected in the next few days ... then surgery early next week.

The hand specialist I spent a few hours with last night said that in gunshot wounds there is always a lot more damage than is first visible ... same with things like fireworks going off in your hand. A lot more flesh around the wound is dead, and will rot and fall off over the next couple days. That's why it's so important to keep clean, and that's also why they can't do surgery now. If they wrapped new skin over dead skin it would just puss out, possibly turn gang-green, and they'd have to start all over again.

This is an example of how he was holding his revolver. Wrong, wrong, wrong!





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Old 02-27-2008, 10:21 AM
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I read about this somewhere already? I think it was here... or maybe on some other board... memory--- fading--- black haze----
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No way this is a dupe, I did a search.........or is it?
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WOW, I'm wondering if that was the first shot he'd used that type of hold. I've had a few revolvers with bad cylinder/barrel gap blow-out but nothing like that. Just wondering about the clearance and or if the cylinder wasn't completely seated in the notch or out of alignment.

Hope he has no complications.
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Why would you hold a revolver that way?
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Yeah that definitely sucks. He's the admin over at the RX7 forums.

There's also that video of the hotdog getting blown to pieces from being near the cylinder gap.

Ouch!
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Why would you hold a revolver that way?

Thanks. I thought I was going insane.
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Already posted. Literally, ad nauseum.

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I saw someone shoot themselves in the hand with a .380 once, his hand looked like it was a mess afterwards with bones and meat sticking out
I remember watching the guy and suddenly--BANG, then the same dance one does when you hit yourself in the finger with a hammer only X10. The thing about it was that the guy that did it was a retired deputy, he had years of experience in handling firearms but he failed to comply with one of the most important safety rules. Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
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Why would you hold a revolver that way?
Thank you - that is a lame way to hold a revolver and he got what he deserved!
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ewwww. poor guy, bet he doesn't do that twice. wtf was he thinking?
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